This is my first mix of a song I composed in Reaper. I was really happy about it until I listened to other people's mixes and realized mine has a lot of work to do. I don't want to say it sucks, but it's definitely amateurish (the mixing levels anyway). First off, here's my song (you only have to listen to 20-30 seconds of it to get the idea): <iframe width="480" height="360" src=""> Ok, OK, it sucks ! Lol... The only part I am happy with is the 'pendulum' like guitar melody. I recorded one clean with a jazz amp sim and panned it right and then I recorded the other with another amp sim (heard this gives you a good tone). I used a stock plugin to convert my guitar to a bass and recorded that using center, now that I look back I should have tried something different. I couldn't get a clean sound with arpeggios I was doing so I recorded those using Audacity and then inserted it as a wav file into Reaper. When I was messing with the EQ levels, I could not bring the clarity up without it distorting. There's even a cool classical like riff I did that Bach does a lot in his cello pieces, but you can't even hear it. Also, I wasn't using a direct line input like a Focusrite- I was using my Fender amp and using the ASIO stuff I got from the Fender app. I am going to record another song but should I wait until I can afford a direct line in device? Also, I didn't even know that you can put effects such as compression in the master track and it will effect all the tracks. Should I use a compressor, limiter, eq on the master track or should I use them on every individual track, or both? At what volume should I be recording at? Granted, this is meant to be an ambient piece, but that excuse only goes so far!